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All I Want for Christmas

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2013 Giving and Receiving Autumn is in full swing and that means that Christmas is coming soon! This is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the wild colors in the trees, and the times to gather with friends and family. Here along the Gulf Coast, [...]

Lifting Leaders’ Hands

Publication: Pastoral Letter,April 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: A few weeks ago I had the privilege of installing a new pastor, Scott Lloyd, at the Worship Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The following week, I was honored to join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Larry Grainger as Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Mt. [...]

By |April 1st, 2011|Leadership, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

Yank or Pull?

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: Consistency turns a virtue into a habit and habits are who we are. Sometimes we yank at what we want_a short “jerk” at life. At other times we give a consistent enduring pull. If you “yank” on a rope tied to a large boat, nothing happens, [...]

By |May 1st, 2007|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

When God Sends

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2003 Dear Friend in Christ: Let me tell you a true story…. The man was not insane, though he certainly acted like it. He tore his clothes off, broke free when others attempted to bind him, and he lived in the cemetery and threatened all who came near. This man lived [...]